ITZY THE 1ST WORLD TOUR <CHECKMATE> is the first worldwide concert tour by South Korean girl group ITZY, held in support of the group’s fifth Korean extended play “CHECKMATE” (2022). The world tour kicked off in Seoul, South Korea on 6th August 2022, and will continue onto several cities throughout Asia and North America. This is the group’s first ever concert tour since their debut in 2019, and they will be coming to Singapore to perform on 28th January 2023 at The Star Theatre.
ITZY officially debuted on 12th February 2019 under JYP Entertainment, consisting of members: YEJI, LIA, RYUJIN, CHAERYEONG and YUNA. On the same day, the group released their debut single album, “IT’z Different” led by the single “DALLA DALLA”. The song incorporated elements from EDM sub-genres such as future house and bass house, and its empowering lyrics were well received by the public. The group scored one of the biggest Billboard debuts for a new K-pop act in years, with “DALLA DALLA” entering at number three and peaking at number two on the World Digital Song Sales chart. “DALLA DALLA” also debuted as the second most popular song on YouTube. Billboard confirmed that the music video surpassed 17.1 million views within 24 hours of its release and broke the record for the most viewed K-pop debut music video within 24 hours.
ITZY received their first music show win 8 days after their debut, breaking the record for the fastest time for a girl group to achieve their first music show win. The song went on to win on music shows nine times, and its music video became the fastest K-pop debut music video to reach 100 million views on YouTube at the time. “DALLA DALLA” surpassed 100 million streams on Gaon Music Chart by November 2019, earning the group their first platinum certification. It was the first debut song by a K-pop group to earn a platinum certification from the Korea Music Content Association (KMCA).
ITZY released their first extended play (EP), “IT’z ICY” on 29th July 2019, along with the lead single “Icy”, which continued the group’s success on music shows, earning 12 wins in total. ITZY is the first K-pop girl group to achieve a “Rookie Grand Slam”, with accolades including Rookie of the Year at the 34th Golden Disc Awards, New Artist of the Year at the 9th Gaon Chart Music Awards and 2019 Melon Music Awards, Best New Female Artist at the 2019 Mnet Asian Music Awards, and the New Artist Award at the 29th Seoul Music Awards.